‘Outremer’ is the debut release from London-based, West Midlands-bred producer Ebenezer.
Opening track ‘Molasses’ is a swamp of sound that lurches slowly into life, like it’s re-learning how to walk; in its closing moments it speeds to the horizon, only to discover it’s already moved. Elsewhere ‘Parakeet’ is a masterclass in build-and-release. It floats like the proverbial butterfly – a chiming melody and a wild synth line that spikes and dives with abandon – and stings like a barbed bass synth, surrounded by ever-more cacophonous drums. This is storytelling music; surreal campfire tales that subvert expectation, but still have a heart of gold.
‘Outremer’ is an ode to the experience of being lost in a foreign culture, a far-away land; the opposing forces of adventure and alienation, confusing and complementing each other. With this strange and compelling record Ebenezer is staking out a space of his own among the UK’s considerable legacy of electronic producers.
Honing his craft behind the desk, over the past few years Ebenezer (a.k.a. Chris Donald) has produced records for folk troubadours, hip hop raconteurs and post-rock doomsayers alike, as well as masterminding the atmospheric electro-pop soundscapes of Fiction Fight. ‘Outremer’ burrows deep through a lifetime of influences, surfacing at the oddest junctions of genres, creating an innovative, rolling soundscape of organic synths, cavernous drums and modern-baroque strings; a world distinctly its own.
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